SIGGRAPH Emerging Technologies: Breakthroughs in Haptics, Robotics and Gaming

Potential Future Use:

As the world becomes more and more computer-based, there is a growing need for assistive technologies to help those individuals with sight and hearing disabilities engage in an electronic world. The Pull-Navi navigation system can be used as a directional device to assist those with sight and hearing impairments or to enhance a virtual gaming experience.

Touchable Holography

Takayuki Hoshi, Masafumi Takahashi, Kei Nakatsuma, Hiroyuki Shinoda - The University of Tokyo

Mid-air displays are attracting a lot of attention as promising technologies in the field of digital signage and home TV, and many types of holographic displays are proposed and developed. Although we can “see” the projected images as if they are really floating in front of us, we cannot “touch” them because they are nothing but light. The objective here is adding tactile feedback to the hovering image in 3D free space.

Potential Future Use:

Tactile holograms have the potential to create a whole new environment for video games, education, or for advertising with the ability to add the element of touch to graphical displays in a real environment.

Virtualization Gate

Benjamin Petit, Thomas Dupeux, – INRIA; Jean-Denis Lesage - Grenoble Universities; Hervé Mathieu – INRIA; Edmond Boyer - Grenoble Universities; Bruno Raffin – INRIA; François Faure - Grenoble Universities; Clément Ménier, Florian Geffray - 4D View Solutions; Laurence Boissieux, Michaël Adam, Florent Falipou – INRIA; Richard Broadbridge – 4D View Solutions

Virtualization Gate uses a multi-camera acquisition space coupled with the wearing of a head mounted display to immerse users in a virtual world. Your full body will be virtualized to enforce your presence in the ever-expanding world of social networking and allow intuitive interactions with virtual objects.

Potential Future Use:

With the ever increasing technology surrounding interactive and social networking, Virtualization Gate is a revolutionary technology that allows users to experience dynamic social networking in a virtual world.

For detailed information on the SIGGRAPH 2009 dynamically evolving program or to download a copy of the SIGGRAPH 2009 Preview Video visit www.siggraph.org/s2009.

About SIGGRAPH

SIGGRAPH 2009 will bring an anticipated 20,000 computer graphics and interactive technology professionals from six continents to New Orleans, Louisiana, USA for the industry's most respected technical and creative programs focusing on research, science, art, animation, music, gaming, interactivity, education, and the web from Monday, 3 August through Friday, 7 August 2009 at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center. SIGGRAPH 2009 includes a three-day exhibition of products and services from the computer graphics and interactive marketplace from 4-6 August 2009. More than 200 international exhibiting companies are expected. More details are available at www.siggraph.org/s2009.

About ACM

ACM, the Association for Computing Machinery www.acm.org, is the world's largest educational and scientific computing society, uniting educators, researchers and professionals to inspire dialogue, share resources and address the field's challenges. ACM strengthens the computing profession's collective voice through strong leadership, promotion of the highest standards, and recognition of technical excellence. ACM supports the professional growth of its members by providing opportunities for life-long learning, career development, and professional networking.

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